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LeakyCon London Diary – Day 2!

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And so for the second instalment of our LeakyCon London diary! A rundown of Friday’s events…

We woke up bright and early for the first of our programming – the WZRD resurrection podcast at 10am! It was a lot of fun, sitting at a big long table of wizard rockers, listening to some acoustic songs played by some (there was a particularly delightful early morning version of Phoenix Tears by Harry and the Potters), and some ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ panel show style games – such as the Intros round and Next Lines. We tried to recreate the intro to Stick It To Dolores using only our voices/some banging on the table, it was interesting. It was a light hearted and lovely start to the day!

After this, we found ourselves sat at a different long table, this time for the autographs session. We’d debated bringing books to read just in case nobody showed up, but as it turned out there was a healthy queue of people that we got a chance to have a little chat with! It went past in a blur, but it was so nice to meet everyone. Hi if you came along!

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Amy tried to sneak into SHP. We caught her.

The afternoon brought with it plenty more fun. First up was Wrock: A Wretrospective (clever use of the ‘w’ there), a panel hosted by our good friend Ellie. She and the panel talked through the story of wizard rock, from its humble beginnings in Harry and the Potters’ backyard, to the build of the UK scene and what lies ahead. We offered up some anecdotes that we’ve been keeping under our hats for quite some time – like the time we played to a baffled audience at a bar mitzvah and when we thought that playing a tiny guitar with a small electric whisk would be a good musical choice (it wasn’t).  Ellie, ever the professional, had made us name cards, which Amy of Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons decorated with personalised doodles to suit each of the panel members – Cathrin got a cat, and Laura got a crow (her surname is Crow, excellent work).

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Ellie was hosting The Ultimate Shipping Debate next, and we decided to pop along! We definitely made the right decision with that one. People defended their ships very passionately and there were a lot of laughs. Discussed were Ron/Hermione vs Harry/Hermione and Snape/Lily vs James/Lily – I know that Ellie had planned a lot more pairings to discuss but people had a lot to say about these ones!  The debate was such a popular choice that it had to be moved to a bigger room than the one that was scheduled. I have no doubt that the discussion could have gone on all day.

ShipHermione has her say on the matter.

LeakyStars, on the mainstage, had only just begun by the time the shipping debate was over so we headed down for a listen.  Hayley Carr was one of the three finalists, and we felt the need to show her some support as she’s been involved in the UK Wizard Rock scene for quite some time now. She played her song ‘So What If I’m A Geek?’ and it went down excellently, she got great feedback from the judges.  The act after her was a group of French girls in fantastic fandom costume who had rewritten ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables. Their performance was brilliantly dynamic. We’d been too late to see the first act, Jadene Doak, who went on to win, but we did have a listen to her song on YouTube afterwards and it was beautiful – well done Jadene!

The craft fair was next up on the agenda, and I’ve never attended one quite like it! When Laura is not being a wizard, she makes and sells her own jewellery and accessories through her shop Goodnight Boutique. She had made some Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Sherlock bits and bobs for the occasion and they went down a storm.

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The room was so packed, there wasn’t space to move an inch – and I could see why, the items that the sellers had brought were all so lovely! Our friend Kylie had made some knitted wristbands in Hogwarts colours, here we are sporting them. We made up a dance which was essentially one jazz hand flaunting your wristband. At the end of the weekend we all complained of a slightly stiff wrist from excessive goes of said dance. We are silly.

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We rushed downstairs after the fair, determined not to miss any of the second night of wizard rock – as the line-up was so fantastic! We bounced around to the The Blibbering Humdingers, who kicked proceedings off in spectacular style. We’d never heard these guys play before, but they’ve got two new fans in the form of us – we loved their witty lyrics and musical stylings so much.

The second band of the night were RiddleTM. It’s such a joy to hear them play every time, they’re always on top form! We sang along to Beans with much vigour – though we’ve not quite nailed the words to the verses yet, which are a list of all of the potential nasties (or nice things!) you could come across when sampling Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

Next up was Lauren Fairweather. Lauren captivated everyone in the room with her songs, she really knows how to sum up how we all feel about these stories – as demonstrated by the amount of love she received following ‘Home’. It was such a lovely moment. She also played a version of And Then I Died – originally by her band The Moaning Myrtles. We raced through the audience to get as close to the front as possible, singing our hearts out. The Moaning Myrtles have always been one of our favourite wizard rock acts, and this song one of our favourite wizard rock songs!

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Lauren’s husband Matt played next, as The Whomping Willows. It was so great to see Matt play his marvellously catchy songs to such a good audience! A highlight for us was House Of Awesome, lots of singing and clapping along. Though When The Lights Go Out was magical, with the whole room carrying on the song after Matt had left the stage.

Harry and the Potters ended the evening – and as predicted – they really brought the house down (quite literally at one point, as everyone sunk to the floor). Harry and the Potters shows are always super super fun, this one especially so, as there were so many people so into it! A particularly special moment was during Dumbledore, in which the traditional (can we call it traditional? Probably) circle was formed by everyone in the room. Lots of love felt there!

Friday was so much fun!

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Harry and the Potters in Leeds!

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Harry and the Potters are currently on their UK and Sweden tour, so how could we possibly pass up the opportunity to go see our favourite wizard rock band play again? The closest venue to us was Leeds, so on Thursday we hopped on the train (sadly not the Hogwarts Express, though a rickety old trolley of treats was dragged down the aisle) and made our way to Wharf Chambers to see them play!

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At LeakyCon, they were discussing how they would love to get their hands on a saxophone for this tour but didn’t know where to find one, at which point Laura piped up that she owns one – a shiny blue one at that – and would be delighted to bring it along to their Leeds gig. Thanks to this, we got to hear Save Ginny Weasley From Dean Thomas and a version of My Teacher is a Werewolf with a mean sax solo.

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Other pretty cool parts of the show included Joe letting off confetti over our heads at the beginning,  getting Hermione Screws Up The Polyjuice Potion dedicated to us; we may or may not be crazy cat ladies, and (Not Gonna Put On) The Monkey Suit being played off the cuff for Laura and her fiancé James by way of an early wedding gift! On top of that, a guy requested Fluffy – a forgotten classic. Loved hearing that.

They had support from a UK band named Martha, who were excellent – we love finding out about new music, and we’ll definitely be giving them a listen!

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Have to say, this was probably our favourite ever Harry and the Potters show because it was so intimate and a whole lot of fun.  They’re on their way to Sweden next, so to any Swedish readers: make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

hatp1‘Do something dynamic!’ demanded Ellie of The Lost Diadems (centre), and so we did…

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Our Top Picks For Wrock at Leaky!

As I’m sure you’re aware, Leakycon in London will be bringing you lots of fantastic wizard rock bands from all over! Whilst every band will bring something marvellous and magical to the stage, here’s a run down of the sets we’re most looking forward to…

RiddleTM
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RiddleTM hail from Oxfordshire and make emotive music about some of the most-heart wrenching moments throughout the Harry Potter series which never fail to move an audience, along with the occasional song about wizarding sweets! Maybe one of their best loved songs is For Jo, which is a musical thank you to the lady who created Harry and his world. RiddleTM’s talents will make your heart swell, and most probably bring a tear to your eye!

Alex Carpenter
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We first saw Alex Carpenter play live at Scotland’s very first Snow Ball. We’d been fans of his music for quite some time so the chance to see him live was very exciting! He brings a lot of energy to his performances, making sure the crowd are totally involved and enjoying the moment. Looking For Trouble is probably one of our favourite wizard rock songs, hope he plays it this time!

Solitary Snape
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Solitary Snape are set to bring a little effortless cool to Leakycon London this August. We first heard the band play in their native Sweden when we played a show with them there in Gothenburg. Over in Europe at least, it’s quite rare to see a wizard rock band with a full line up (drums, bass, guitars – you know, the full works) so they’re really great to hear live!

The Whomping Willows
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It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter convention without The Whomping Willows presence! We heard Whompy live for the first time at LeakyCon 2011, and it has to be said his set was very fun, with lots of his self penned wizard rock classics to sing along to. The Whomping Willows are always sure to get everyone dancing, whether performing acoustic or with a band behind Matt.

Romilda Vane and The Chocolate Cauldrons
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Romilda Vane and The Chocolate Cauldrons’ music is brought to you by Amy from Ireland. She is renowned in the community for her stunning classically trained voice, showcased on songs such as Sonorus (which you may have heard on The Leaky Cauldron’s Christmas compilation, Jingle Spells 3). One of our favourite songs by her is Summer With The Weasleys, which is maybe more suited to the time of year!

Harry and the Potters
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Harry and the Potters were the band that first introduced us to wizard rock, and really inspired us to start our own band back in 2007, when we got to see them live right on our doorstep, in Manchester. I would definitely recommend seeing one of their sets to everybody – muggle or wizard! They ALWAYS bring the party.

This blog could have been a very long one if we hadn’t restrained ourselves and selected only a few of the acts to write about. Of course, if you’re attending, we would recommend taking this amazing opportunity to listen to each and every band, because seriously, who can ever get their fill of songs about Harry Potter?

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Hello!

Wow, it has been a very long time since we last blogged, hasn’t it? Sorry for neglecting you!

We’ve been working very hard with our muggle band, Goodnight Astor recently! Visit our website for music and mystery – as in the time we have been away from this blog, we have written, recorded and produced our own Victorian murder mystery concept album – in which the listener has to solve the case of the murdered parlour maid from the clues laced within the songs.

When we’re not being wizards, we are Victorians.

But that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Oh no. We want to talk about The Snow Ball 2012!

On December 1st, wizards from across the globe will be returning to Edinburgh for lots of merriment, dancing and festive fun, as The Snow Ball returns!

A photograph of some dashing wizards and fine young witches filled with joy over the news…

The line up was recently announced – and oh boy, what a line up! Joining us on the bill, are the splendid RiddleTM, the glorious Romilda Vane and The Chocolate Cauldrons, and a little known wizard rock band from across the pond, Harry & The Potters. Anyone heard of those guys…? I think they’re meant to be pretty good.

This is what Harry And The Potters look like with a dinosaur.

JUST KIDDING, WE’RE REALLY EXCITED! HATP! There’s one thing though, to make sure that The Snow Ball can secure their phenomenal headline act, 150 tickets need to be sold by 1st September. Tickets are on sale now, so get ’em while they’re hot! Just follow this here link and you’ll secure yourself a ticket to the best Christmas party in town!

So, we’ll see you there then?

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Wrockeborg!

Last weekend we took a trip to Gothenburg, Sweden to play at Wrockeborg – a fantastic wizard rock event! We had a marvellous weekend taking a trip to the local zoo, the Universeum – a museum containing monkeys, sharks and a flying space chair, a wander around Gothenburg, some interesting local cuisine and of course the show!

It was a well attended event, maybe owing to the organisers appearing on radio and in the newspaper. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing the Swedish bands, as well as The Pumpkin Pasties and Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons, who are both from closer to home but equally as fabulous.

View our videos from the weekend on our Youtube page – including our cover of Harry & The Potters’ Save Ginny Weasley and a vlog of the fun times we had!

Thanks for having us Sweden!

The next event coming your way will be the Wizarding Winter Fair, held in Macclesfield near Manchester – check out the details here!

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Wizard Rock @ Cork Midsummer Festival!

We had such a good weekend in Cork! The show went great and we got to hang out with so many amazing wizards over the few days we were there.

In the ‘Shows’ part of the pictures section are a few pictures of our set for you to peruse and posted on our youtube channel is a video with just a tiny bit of the awesomeness packed in for you to watch! Unfortunately we didn’t get any footage of the show, but you can catch up with all that went on at Wizardrock.co.uk’s UStream channel, as they aired live & recorded the whole event – no excuses to miss out on the happenings now!

We’re itching to play more shows soon!

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Wizard Rock @ Pavillion – Cork

So, Sunday 27th June sees something pretty bloody good happen in Cork, Ireland as part of the city’s Midsummer festival. Wizardkind shall be invading & throwing some shapes at Ireland’s first major Wizard Rock show! Are you excited?

The show, starting at 1pm will feature Romilda Vane & The Chocolate Cauldrons, us and all the way from the USA, Harry & The Potters. We’re excited!

And this is THIS TIME NEXT WEEK! Everyone’s excited!

If you’re yet to do so, you can buy tickets here as this certainly isn’t a show to be missed. For one thing, IT’S HATP, HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC and for another WE HAVE AMAZING OUTFITS FOR YOU TO SEE – so y’know, you have to come really 🙂

Hope to see you there 😀

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